Ferrari 458 Italia GT2
|Suspension (front)||Double wishbone|
|Axle track||Front: 1,720 mm (67.7 in), |
Rear: 1,688 mm (66.5 in)
|Wheelbase||2,650 mm (104.3 in)|
|Engine||Ferrari F136 4,497 cc (274.4 cu in) V8 Naturally aspirated mid-engined, longitudinally mounted|
|Transmission||Hewland 6-speed sequential manual|
|Weight||1,245 kg (2,745 lb)|
|Tyres||Michelin, Pirelli, Dunlop, Hankook Tire|
|Notable entrants||AF Corse, |
Extreme Speed Motorsports,
|Notable drivers||Toni Vilander, |
|Debut||2011 12 Hours of Sebring|
The 458 Challenge is a track-only racecar designed to be fielded in the Ferrari Challenge. It was presented at the Ferrari Annual Dealer Meeting on 14 July 2010. According to Ferrari it can lap the Fiorano test track in 1:16.5, which is two seconds faster than its F430 Challenge predecessor and only 0.2 seconds slower than the Ferrari FXX.Weight was reduced from the standard model through the use of thinner body panels, carbon fiber replacement panels, and polycarbonate windows and windshield. The differences over the regular road legal 458 include a racing cockpit, windows which only open through small slots, air-jack mounting on the rear to lift the car up, racing fuel filler cap, center-lock wheels, racing exhaust as well as tow hooks front and rear.
458 Italia GT2
Ferrari unveiled their new GTE class racer for the 2011 races sanctioned by the ACO. The 458 Italia GT2 drops the "flex splitter" found in the road cars and replaced with a more conventional inlet, with the air exit out through louvers in the bonnet. Under new restrictor regulations, the 4.5L engine produces 464 hp (346 kW; 470 PS), which is less than the road car and the 458 Challenge. Unlike the road car, which has a high-revving low-torque engine, the GT2 version only revs to 6,250 rpm, but maintains a close-to-stock torque number even with the horsepower loss. The double-clutch gearbox had to be replaced, but paddle-shifting is retained since rules in 2011 allow them.
So far the 458 Italia GT2 has had an excellent racing record. The car won the 2012 and 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring in the FIA WEC GTE PRO class and two editions of the Petit Le Mans, the first in 2011 and the second in 2012. In 2011 the 458 Italia GT2 took the GTE Manufacturers' and the GTE PRO Team Titles of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, the GTE Manufacturers' and GTE PRO Team and Drivers' Titles in the Le Mans Series and the Overall and Super GT Team and Drivers' Titles in the International GT Open. The following year, with the creation of a FIA-managed World Championship, the car obtained the GTE Manufacturers' and GTE PRO Team Titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship. In the same year the Italian car won the European Le Mans Series GTE PRO Team and Drivers' Titles and the International GT Open Overall and Super GT Manufacturers', Team and Drivers' Titles. In 2013 the car repeated its success', winning the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Manufacturers', GTE PRO Team, GTE Drivers' and GTE AM Team Titles, the European Le Mans Series GTE Team and Drivers' Tiles, the Asian Le Mans Series GTE Team and Drivers' Titles and the International GT Open Overall and Super GT Manufacturers' and Drivers' Titles. In 2014 the 458 Italia GT2 gained, for the third straight year, the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Manufacturers' and GTE PRO Team Titles, as well as, for the second time in a row, the GTE Drivers' crown (which had been instituted in 2013). For the fourth time the car also clinched the European Le Mans Series GTE Team and Drivers' Titles, but it didn't take part in the International GT Open and Asian Le Mans Series Championships (the 458 Italia GT3 would race in both these series').
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 cars compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
458 Italia GT3
Ferrari also unveiled a GT3 version of the Ferrari 458 Italia in 2011. The car is slightly lighter and more powerful than the GT2 version, producing closer to 550 HP and running all the way to a 9000 rpm redline. The engine thus performs more similarly to that of the road car than the GT2 version. The aerodynamics of the car are also slightly different due to different aero regulations.
The 458 Italia GT3 has achieved many important wins in its career. It took four wins at the 24 Hours of Spa, two at the Gulf 12 Hours, the 2013 12 Hours of Sepang, the A6-AM class win in the 2014 24 Hours of Dubai and the 2014 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour at the famous Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst.
The 458 Italia GT3 won four GT3 PRO AM and two Gentlemen Trophy Title in the Blancpain Endurance Series, the 2011 FIA GT3 Drivers' Title, two GTC Titles in the European Le Mans Series, two GTC Titles also in the Asian Le Mans Series, six International GT Open Titles, three GT3 Asia Titles, three French GT Titles, two British GT Titles and five GTSprint Titles.
Actually the 458 Italia GT3 is involved in numerous racing series including the Blancpain Endurance Series, International GT Open, European Le Mans Series, Pirelli World Challenge, GT3 Asia, Australian GT Championship, Campeonato Sudamericano de GT and numerous other National GT3 Championships.
458 Italia Grand-Am
In 2012, Ferrari developed a modified version of the 458 GT3 for Grand-Am. The car weighs the same but produces less downforce than the GT3 car; the engine is also restricted more heavily, producing roughly 500 hp (373 kW) and having an 8000 rpm redline. Instead of a dual-clutch transmission, the car is fitted with a traditional sequential transmission
The rollcage is also modified due to stricter safety regulations. The Grand-Am version lacks traction control and ABS. The car debuted at the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona. AimAutosport.com is the first team to win with the new 458 Italia Grand-Am spec. On Sept. 9, 2012, drivers Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato finished second at Laguna Seca and clinched the Grand-Am Rolex GT championship.